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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Losing interest in the guitar.

I started out on bass in 1965, played it for about 4 years & gave it up for the guitar. I have played guitar since. Just over a year ago I got an inexpencive Gretch Jr Jet shortscale bass. I have so much fun playing this thing that I don't like picking up the guitar anymore. I find that I am learning more about music in general & understanding scales. I am also finding that I am getting alot more opportunities to play. Should have stuck with it years ago.

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Old December 3rd, 2012, 11:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Although guitar has been my main instrument since '65, I keep a P-bass around for some variety in my life. I started learning the bass around '96 so I could put some bottom in my song demos. It fascinated me once I started playing it.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 12:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I started out on bass in 1965, played it for about 4 years & gave it up for the guitar. I have played guitar since. Just over a year ago I got an inexpencive Gretch Jr Jet shortscale bass. I have so much fun playing this thing that I don't like picking up the guitar anymore. I find that I am learning more about music in general & understanding scales. I am also finding that I am getting alot more opportunities to play. Should have stuck with it years ago.
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I am also finding that I am getting alot more opportunities to play.
I've been playing guitar for almost 5 decades, and bass for 4 decades. I've said for many years that everyone always needs a bass player; no one ever needs another guitar player. CS
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Old December 4th, 2012, 02:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I picked up a Korean Squier Jazz bass and a little Crate bass amp for $100 off of CL about a year ago. It's really a fun change of pace to play bass along with CDs...I'm no James Jamerson, but, man...it's fun!
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Old December 4th, 2012, 02:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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um... well... a bass is a guitar
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Old December 4th, 2012, 07:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've been playing guitar for almost 5 decades, and bass for 4 decades. I've said for many years that everyone always needs a bass player; no one ever needs another guitar player. CS
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Old December 4th, 2012, 07:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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yeah I took up bagpipes cause of that
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Old December 4th, 2012, 07:11 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I quit playing guitar for almost a decade due to a divorce. I was helping my dad with a stallion one day when the horse got agitated by my dad and crushed me into a wood fence. The horses weight blew out my shoulder. I pretty much didn't have a right arm for a year. It was a very painful ordeal. Months later by chance I acquired a guitar in a trade. That was all it took to reignite that old spark. I got a amp from the pawnshop a few days later. I actually used the guitar as a exercise tool to rehabilitate my shoulder and arm muscles. To this day I still don't have a full range of motion. Probably 90%. But it was the guitar that got me back feeling human again.
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I don't understand why playing 1 means you can't play the other? Perhaps I'm a little strange but I play a lot of different instruments and find that focusing on one instrument almost always makes me a better musician on the others.
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I started out on bass in 1965, played it for about 4 years & gave it up for the guitar. I have played guitar since. Just over a year ago I got an inexpencive Gretch Jr Jet shortscale bass. I have so much fun playing this thing that I don't like picking up the guitar anymore. I find that I am learning more about music in general & understanding scales. I am also finding that I am getting alot more opportunities to play. Should have stuck with it years ago.
Though quite a bit ummm....younger.... than you, I'm sort of doing the same thing, but with different results. Now that I'm back to playing bass and forced to play real scales and runs, I can't wait to play guitar and apply what I'm learning. I hope in the end it makes me a better guitarist all around. Nowhere to go but up, IMO.
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Should have stuck with it years ago.
I know exactly what you mean. I tried to be a guitarist for three years. Going back to the bass is the best and most inspiring thing I've done in a long time. At least three years.
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I have never given up on the guitar... It gave up on me!
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I've recently been "re-inspired" in my bass playing. I have a guitar I'll write tunes on but lately I've really been exploring the nuance of bass and laying down a rock solid groove with confidence.

I could be off base - no pun intended - but I think there is a difference in the sound of my playing when I'm "tentative" vs. 100% confident as to my playing a tune.

I love playing bass!

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Old December 4th, 2012, 05:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I traded for a Japanese Fender P-bass a few months ago. I really wanted a bass so I could gig more. I love playing guitar but I also love playing music. There are SO many guitar players out there.
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I started out on bass in 1965, played it for about 4 years & gave it up for the guitar. I have played guitar since. Just over a year ago I got an inexpencive Gretch Jr Jet shortscale bass. I have so much fun playing this thing that I don't like picking up the guitar anymore. I find that I am learning more about music in general & understanding scales. I am also finding that I am getting alot more opportunities to play. Should have stuck with it years ago.
I went the other direction. I've been playing the bass since about 1980 and have always loved it and kept busy at it. My wife gave me a Tele for my 40th birthday, and I haven't wanted to put it down since. Now I gig regularly on both instruments but if I had to choose, I'd play guitar. I felt weird about that for a while, like I was wasting my experience. One day I figured out that everything I learned about the bass and playing in the rhythm section influences what I do on the guitar. It's all part of the process.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 06:33 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I like playing other instruments to keep things fresh. I've played guitar for 25 years, mandolin for 15 years, and fiddle for 5 years. Playing mandolin and fiddle have definitely helped me be a better guitarist and vice versa. And if I get sick of one, I play another instrument. I'm also a lot more in demand not being just another guitarist.

I don't need to learn the bass because my wife is a great bass player. And my ego is too big to play bass right.
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I play both. I get a different musical / emotional experience from them, and I enjoy playing them both.
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I still love to play both.
I've played guitar for 45 years, and bass for 20.
My bass playing is stuck at the 5 year chops level, but I actually
like playing bass a little more.
It's all about the drummer, with bass, for me.
I great drummer will "lift" you.
Ironically, every gig I have this month, including NYE is a bass gig.
Maybe Im gettin' better at it.
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I've thought of starting a jug band but every time I get one empty enough to get some tonal range out of it I fall over.
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